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6.27.13

Spokane on the Rocks

SPOKANE ON THE ROCKS

If you think you've shot too many hoops (or seen too many hoops shot for the day) head over to where Spokane will be getting its drink on. The first Spokane on the Rocks , a craft distillery and beer tasting event, is set to debut the first day of Hoopfest, Saturday, June 29.

Craft distilleries including Dry Fly, Seattle Distilling, Blue Flame Spirits and Carbon Glacier Distillery will be featured for tasting. And craft breweries include No-Li Brewhouse, Iron Goat Brewing, Golden Hills Brewing and River City Brewing.

Choose to tastes three samples of craft liquor or samples of craft beer for a $10 admission price. And once the tasting ends, get a pint of craft beer for $6 or a signature cocktail for $6 to $8.

Learn about the distilling process from Anthony Zaca of Rainier Distillers, which will bring several stills including a 20-foot-tall model. Or chow down on a $10-per-plate meal of either a grilled bacon cheddar burger, grilled bratwurst or spare ribs.

The event runs from 10 am to 8 pm at the breezeway of the Spokane Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center. It's all-ages, so anyone can go enjoy the shade, something cold to drink and the live music on the floating stage. The $10 admission price covers two non-alcoholic drinks for those underage.

JO MILLER

ORGANIC OPENING

Post Falls will soon get an all-organic café set to open around July 7. Tree of Life, located at 565 N. Vest St., is a family business run by a mom, dad and their two sons. Hot sandwiches are served on fresh-baked organic bread. A challah burger with organic beef is on the menu, as well as desserts like cheesecake and cookies. The beverages are even organic: fresh juice, tea, lemonade and cola.

JO MILLER

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Summer Sampler

Farmin Park | Sandpoint, Idaho

Restaurant vendors, barbecues and more. | June 27 from 5:30-8 pm | $1-$7 | sandpointchamber.orgmore...

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Music & Micros

Coeur d'Alene Casino | 37914 S. Hwy. 95, Worley

All-you-can eat barbecue buffet, live music and beer from Bend, Ore.'s Deschutes Brewery. | June 29, food from 5-9 pm, live music from 6-9 pm | $14 buffet | 800-523-2467more...

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Bikes, Brews and Barbecues

Kootenai County Fairgrounds | 4056 N. Government Way, CdA

Festival event featuring motocross and BMX bike shows, a barbecue, beer garden, live music and more. | June 29 from noon-7 pm | Prices vary | 208-765-4969more...

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Luxe Coffeehouse

1017 W. First Ave.
624-5514

Across the street from KHQ headquarters is a secret gem of a coffee joint. Its small First Avenue space is easy to overlook while skimming the various businesses along this growing section of downtown, but the aroma of its locally roasted Anvil coffee, the sweet sounds of various singers and songwriters like Dirk Lind and Trickster Fox, and the events held in its beautiful ballroom draw in passerby.

Luxe is what you'd want from a café. Brick is exposed on one of its walls. The chairs are antique. Candles light up the room during the evening. It's a setting in a movie, almost too perfect to be real. Regulars will tell you that the latte crafted at Luxe, served in giant bowl-sized cups, is one of the best in town. Wine, microbrews and pastries from Petit Chat Village Bakery also are available.

"We are blessed that the universe has brought us some great musicians and that we can have something like Luxe here in Spokane," says co-owner Isaiah Crandall. more...

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Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie

404 W. Main Ave.
315-4613

Jeremy Hansen stands near a table in Santé's dining area. Behind him, sheets of opaque plastic and green velvet curtain panels cordon off a remodeling area. August is typically downtime in the Spokane restaurant business, explains Santé's owner and chef.

But by August 15, which is also Santé's fifth anniversary, a bar that is destined to serve local craft liquors and cocktails is planned to fill the now-empty space behind the velvet curtains. The opposite side of the restaurant, where the cold cases and register stand, is also undergoing a transformation. Customers will order sandwiches at a deli counter or call ahead for pick-up. Full table service will still be available, but a quick, quality lunch — meats smoked and cured on site, layered between slices of freshly baked bread — will now be served to those on short lunch breaks.

So there's that. And then there's this: Hansen and the majority of the Santé kitchen crew will be in New York City, preparing a special menu of Inland Northwest cuisine for the James Beard House, several days prior to the reveal.

The James Beard House is an invite-only "performance space" for chefs who embody the James Beard Foundation's goals of educating, inspiring, entertaining and fostering a greater understanding of culinary culture. It's a big deal. more...

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